Here are all the very best fresh green bean recipes to use this bright green veggie, from quick side dishes to creamy casseroles!
There’s nothing like fresh green beans: the satisfying crunch and brilliant green color brings life to any meal! There are lots of recipes that use soggy, frozen beans, but these fresh green bean recipes are anything but that! Here’s a list of the best ways to use fresh green beans. There’s our easiest 10-minute lemon green beans, the best way to use them as a side dish. But there are lots of main dish ideas too, from the classic French Nicoise salad to Italian vegetable soup. Ready to get to the recipes?
And now…the best fresh green bean recipes!
How to trim green beans…fast!
The biggest hurdle to using fresh green beans in recipes is trimming them! If you’re not careful, you can spend 10 minutes trimming off the ends of a bunch of green beans: wasting lots of prep time in the process. We found a way to trim green beans that’s quick and easy: you should be able to do this in 3 minutes. Here’s how to trim green beans…fast:
- Line them up: Grab a handful and place them on the cutting board. Working quickly, make a uniform pile with them all lined up lengthwise.
- Slice off one end: Line up all the ends against your knife edge. Grab them in one hand, and cut off the ends with a knife.
- Flip and slice the other: Quickly flip the beans the other way, and then push them towards your knife blade so that the other ends line up. Grab the pile and slice off the other ends.
Green beans nutrition
Are green beans healthy? Yes! Turns out, green beans are a great choice when it comes to side dish vegetables. Here are the basic nutrition highlights for this tasty bean (source):
- Green beans are a low calorie food. 1 cup of raw green beans has just 31 calories.
- Green beans contain fiber. 1 cup raw beans has 2.7 grams fiber, or about 8% of your daily need.
- Green beans have lots of Vitamin C and other vitamins. 1 cup raw beans has about 25% of your daily vitamin C.
- Green beans are a low FODMAP food. This means they’re good for people with chronic digestive issues.
This oven roasted green beans recipe is full of big flavor! A hot oven makes them juicy and tender, and they’re spritzed with zingy fresh lemon.
- 1 pound green beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/3 cup sliced or slivered almonds
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash and trim the green beans.
- In a bowl, combine the beans with the olive oil, kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the beans on the pan and roast for about 13 to 15 minutes, until just tender and lightly browned (before they get to dark brown).
- Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a small dry frying pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and chop.
- When beans are finished roasting, add squeezes of lemon juice and sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Roasted
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Green Bean Recipes, Fresh Green Bean Recipes
Last updated: November 2020
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.